Canadian Manufacturing

Emerson wins $23 million BP contract

BP will use Emerson's latest technologies to enhance oil recovery and avoid environmental impact



AUSTIN, Texas—Emerson Process Management has won a $23-million contract to supply control and safety systems for two new offshore oil platforms in the North Sea.

The platforms are part of the Clair Ridge project being developed by BP and its co-venturers, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, and Shell, and will use the latest technologies to enhance oil recovery and avoid environmental impact in the area near the U.K.’s Shetland Islands.

In addition to providing automation technologies, Emerson will serve as the project’s main automation contractor under a global agreement with BP, providing system engineering, installation, configuration, testing and ongoing support.

Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture, including its DeltaV digital automation system, DeltaV SIS process safety system, and AMS Suite predictive maintenance software are all included in the deal.

The DeltaV digital automation system will control and monitor platform operations, while the DeltaV SIS system will manage process and emergency shutdown functions, fire and gas detection.

Onshore technicians and managers will use The AMS Suite software to monitor the platforms’ instruments, valves and other automation equipment to diagnose problems and schedule maintenance.

Wellhead monitoring and control functions will use Emerson’s Smart Wireless technologies to reduce engineering and cabling costs, as well as installed weight on the platforms.

BP has also awarded Emerson additional contracts to supply mass flowmeters; pressure, temperature, level, and flow transmitters; control valves and regulators; gas chromatographs; and watercut meters for the Clair Ridge platforms.

BP says production from the new platforms is expected to begin in 2016, with potential peak production up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day.

Emerson Process Management automates production, processing, and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, mining and metals, food and beverage and life sciences industries. Emerson has 133,000 employees and 235 manufacturing locations worldwide, including its Canadian headquarters in Markham, Ont.

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